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Development Consultant (Contract Position)
Job Title: Farmers Market Fund Development Consultant
Status: Part-time, contractor
Budget: $35,000 – $40,000
Location: Remote with possible in-person meetings, preference for Oregon-based applicants.
About Farmers Market Fund
We make healthy, locally grown food accessible to underserved Oregonians.
Founded in 2009, Farmers Market Fund was incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 2012. FMF’s primary focus is Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), a program that doubles Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at farmers markets across Oregon and allows shoppers to bring home twice as much farm-fresh produce.
Double Up is a triple win: families bring home more fresh produce, more money goes directly to small, local producers, and local economies thrive.
In 2022, FMF supported DUFB programs at 78 markets in 26 Oregon counties, distributing more than $1.2 Million of DUFB and facilitating $1.8 million in SNAP transactions at participating farmers markets. FMF also works in close partnership with a coalition of other organizations dedicated to ending hunger and supporting farmers, providing these and other organizations grant funds to implement DUFB for community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes and at grocery stores. Our grocery and CSA partners distributed over $900,000 in additional DUFB in 2022.
Since 2020 the DUFB program has grown dramatically. FMF has hired its first Program Manager to support its growth and a Pilot Program coordinator to expand DUFB to farm stands and explore the creation of digital DUFB currency. In 2023, FMF looks forward to reducing barriers to participation in DUFB, strengthening community partnerships, continuing to center the feedback of SNAP participants, and growing its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice work.
Contract Position Overview
Farmers Market Fund and the Double Up Food Bucks program is currently supported primarily through a mix of federal and state funding sources, the majority of funds from which are earmarked for nutrition incentive dollars. In addition to this funding, we have a small but growing network of corporate, private foundation, and local business funders, as well as a base of individual donors.
In order to grow the capacity to meet rising demands of our programming, as well as to continue to expand Double Up Food Bucks throughout Oregon, we are seeking a development consultant to help expand our funding sources with particular emphasis on unrestricted funding.
The consultant will conduct a development assessment for FMF, survey the philanthropic landscape, develop marketing materials and funding proposals, seek out prospective donors and secure major gifts ($10,000 and above). The goal of this work is to build lasting relationships with philanthropic foundations and other donors that align with our strategic plan, therefore creating a deeper pool of unrestricted funds. We envision this position as not just strategic in nature, building our overall organizational capacity for unrestricted fundraising,
but also hands on in directly putting together funding proposals in close consultation with FMF’s staff and board, securing unrestricted funding, connecting FMF staff and representatives with donors, and assisting in program-specific fundraising as necessary.
Our ideal candidate will be a seasoned fundraiser with a deep understanding of the philanthropic climate in Oregon and an understanding of how to grow and diversify funding for a small nonprofit. Experience in food security, nutrition incentives, and local food systems is preferred, though not required.
Scope of Work
This role will work closely with the Executive Director, Program team, and Board of Directors to successfully plan, develop, solicit and secure major gifts to sustain our food security and nutrition assistance programming. The support you provide will directly and successfully secure unrestricted giving from new donors, private foundations and business partners. Success will look like a diversified revenue stream, growth in our unrestricted funding, and development of longstanding relationships with the community.
- Conduct a development assessment for FMF, reviewing current funding sources and donor management strategies, and creating specific recommendations and strategies focused on significantly increasing unrestricted funding.
- Assist Executive Director (ED), Board of Directors (BOD), and other staff in implementation of development strategy. Provide training and recommendations as necessary, as well as actionable timelines.
- Engage in direct fundraising efforts through development of mission-aligned marketing materials and other support collateral; prospect research and identification; development of funding proposals in close consultation with Executive Director and Fundraising Committee; and donor database cultivation to guide donor contact strategies for ED and BOD.
- Develop 1-2 community-based fundraising campaigns to be conducted annually.
- Develop solicitation strategies with the goal of building ongoing and recurring giving among individual donors.
- Assist in program grants and other program-specific funding proposals as requested by the ED and BOD.
The timeline for this project is flexible, but we anticipate a work period of approximately six to nine months, depending on the success of the work. The length and scope of this work may be extended depending on available funding and interest of both parties.
How to Apply
Please send the following to email@example.com before February 3, 2023 with the subject line “FMF Development Proposal”:
- A brief introduction telling us about your experience and how it aligns with our fundraising goals
- A short proposal outlining how you would accomplish the above scope of work
- Your estimated project fee, broken down by projected hours and hourly rate
Note that we welcome additive recommendations, especially in areas where you think we may be missing opportunities. If you wish to talk through your skills instead, please contact Ashley Hess directly at
Job title: Executive Director
Reports to: FMF Board of Directors
Status: Full time, Exempt
Benefits: 20 days of PTO & 12 paid holidays annually. At three years 25 days of PTO, at five years and above, 30 days PTO. Health, dental, vision, & 401k.
Pay range: $93,000 – $105,000 annually, plus monthly technology stipend of $100 and a one-time allowance of up to $1000 for work-at-home related furniture and equipment and purchase of a work laptop.
Location: This is a remote position that requires occasional in-person attendance at meetings, fundraisers, and community events. In-person events are typically in or near the Portland metro area, although the position requires some reimbursed travel throughout Oregon. FMF also has Portland-based office space available for in-person work if desired.
About Farmers Market Fund
We make healthy, locally grown food accessible to underserved Oregonians.
Founded in 2009, FMF was incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 2012. FMF’s primary focus is Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), a program that doubles Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at farmers markets across Oregon and allows shoppers to bring home twice as much farm-fresh produce. DUFB helps families purchase more fruits and vegetables, gives small farmers an economic boost, and keeps more money in the local economy. In 2022, FMF is supporting DUFB programs at 78 markets in 26 Oregon counties. This year, we’ve distributed more than $1.2 Million of DUFB and facilitated $1.8 million in SNAP transactions at participating farmers markets! FMF also works in close partnership with a coalition of other organizations dedicated to ending hunger and supporting farmers: each year, we provide these and other organizations grant funds to implement DUFB for community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes and at grocery stores.
Since 2020 the DUFB program has expanded dramatically. FMF has hired its first Program Manager to support its growth and a Pilot Program coordinator to expand DUFB to farm stands and explore the creation of digital DUFB currency. In 2023, FMF looks forward to reducing barriers to participation in DUFB, strengthening community partnerships, continuing to center the feedback of SNAP participants, and growing its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice work.
FMF recognizes that an equitable food system cannot exist within an inequitable society: as a direct result of structural racism and white supremacy, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color living in Oregon perpetually experience the highest levels of hunger. FMF commits to centering anti-racism, racial equity, and inclusion in our programs, operations, culture, and advocacy. We strive to create and support an equitable and just food system that nourishes all Oregonians. If you’d like to learn more about our DEIJ efforts, click here.
The Executive Director oversees all FMF operations, develops and executes strategic plans, and manages a motivated and inspired team of staff, contractors, and volunteers.
The FMF Executive Director is responsible for managing all aspects of the organization and reports to the Board of Directors.
Strategy, Operations, Leadership
- Collaborate with FMF Board, staff, and constituencies to develop strategic plan
- In partnership with Board and staff, set and align all stakeholders (Board, staff, funders, and partners) on the organization’s strategic goals and translate them into specific operational plans, objectives, and budget
- Oversee planning, implementation, and analysis of DUFB programming, ensuring high-quality program delivery, evaluation, and reporting
- Integrate equity and inclusion into all of FMF’s work, supporting a collaborative organizational culture centered around effectiveness and equity
- Work in partnership with the Board of Directors, providing them with the necessary support, counsel, and information required for effective governance
- Oversee state legislative campaign work and advocacy as is strategic and appropriate
- Provide effective thought leadership in local, state, and national arenas, through both written word and public speaking
- With FMF staff, enhance communication that fosters exchange of ideas, information, and support between audiences via multiple channels
- Promote and enhance FMF’s work by being active and visible in the community. Use external presence and relationships to develop new relationships and garner new opportunities
- Develop partnerships and participate in networks (with potential funders, local, state and national community partners, and member farmers markets themselves) that lay the groundwork for the future
Staff Management &Organizational Culture
- Hire, supervise, and support a staff of 3+ people in their work and professional development
- Manage a geographically dispersed staff, appropriately shifting between staff autonomy and managerial oversight
- Create and promote a positive work culture that celebrates diversity, strives for equity, and practices creating spaces of belonging for people of all races and backgrounds
- Ensure and grow efforts to attract, listen to, and incorporate diverse voices across organizational efforts
Financial Performance & Viability
- In collaboration with the FMF Board Treasurer, implement and manage the budget and ensure the financial health and sustainability of the organization
- Provide timely, accurate, and complete reports on the state of the organization, oversee annual audit and federal/state submissions, and ensure legal and tax compliance
- Ensure strong internal controls, fiscal responsibility, accountability, transparency, and efficient, accurate, and consistent financial practices
- Primary liaison between the FMF Board of Directors and staff
- Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors, including board committees
- Attends monthly one-on-one meetings with the Board President
- Attends all Board meetings. Attends committee meetings on an as-needed basis
- At least five years of nonprofit management experience, including oversight of complex budgets, program development, and fundraising
- Experience managing legislative campaigns
- Grant writing experience and oversight of grant managements
- Ability to clearly communicate priorities and ensure accountability for long-term and short-term goals
- Strong but flexible leadership skills that adapt to the needs of individual team members
- Passion and vision for healthy, equitable and just food system
- A commitment to DEIJ and experience advancing DEIJ and anti-racism in personal or professional contexts
- Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with program partners, coalition members, government agencies, and other stakeholders
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), GoogleDocs, and Zoom
- Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends
- Education or related work experience in farmers market, public health, or nonprofit settings
- Supervisory experience with communications and media relations
- Bilingual (Spanish/English)
- Experience moving forward organizations on their DEIJ journey
- Experience with QuickBooks
How to Apply:
We look forward to seeing your cover letter and resume sent to FMFcareers@gmail.com. Please put “Director” and your last name in the subject line.
We understand that not all candidates will be able to fully represent their abilities with a standard application package. Any candidate who wishes to submit alternative materials may reach out to FMFcareers@gmail.com to discuss the materials they want to submit.
The application process may include a telephone interview, written screening tool, and online video interview. Please include any accommodations needed for this process in the email of your application submission.
We Welcome Diversity
FMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe there is strength in our collective lived experience, and strongly encourage applications from candidates who can increase the diversity of our organization, including people of color, people LGBTQIA-identified, women, veterans, people who have lived experience of hunger, and formerly incarcerated individuals